Flat White

In-depth analysis of the day’s news, plus stories and gossip from Australian politics.

A Spectator Sunday meditation (for Waleed Aly)

30 October 2016 9:20 am

The gender fluid and definitely not patriarchal Figurehead’s (if that doesn’t smack of privilege) Prayer Our Waleed who art on…

Do words Trump facts?

29 October 2016 8:11 am

To dispense with the obvious, Donald Trump’s recently aired commentary about his extra-marital escapades are ill befitting of any serious…

The right write stuff: a conservative literature primer

28 October 2016 1:08 pm

Adelaide Sunday Mail columnist Peter Goers has written a hit-piece on his fellow News Corp scribbler, the precocious Caleb Bond, which he…

Time to start looking beyond Abbott

28 October 2016 7:15 am

Whoever said or emailed what to whom, David Leyonhjelm’s Adler shotgun blasted through Coalition ranks last week.  What this week’s…

Mia Freedman: preening poseur

27 October 2016 7:06 pm

Dear Mia I was interested to read the report published in the Grind coffee society magazine in relation to online…

The importance of being Kimberley Kitching

27 October 2016 5:07 pm

Senator-elect Kimberley Jane Elizabeth Kitching just loves winning. When it happens, her mouth literally explodes ear-to-ear with a supercilious Luna…

Will you take The Red Pill?

27 October 2016 12:58 pm

In the The Matrix, the protagonist Neo is offered a choice of taking the red pill which will wake him…

Malcolm’s example inspires military mutiny

27 October 2016 7:08 am

Australian military-political intrigue claimed its first victim on January 26, 1808 when the NSW Rum Corps arrested Governor William Bligh.…

Official: the moment The Age died

26 October 2016 6:03 pm

Check the date on the screengrab below, good people. Look at the time. It is a snapshot of the exact…

Policy consistency: The Conversation last year, the ABC today?

26 October 2016 3:13 pm

Last year the government withdrew its funding from the pseudo-academic website The Conversation, saying its aggressive expansion appeared to indicate it…

Death and taxes (and even more taxes)

26 October 2016 12:44 pm

Australia’s state and federal death taxes (aka estate duties or inheritance taxes) were consigned to the graveyard of abolished taxes…

$38,000 cash for each lucky voter plus a chance to shame the Nats

26 October 2016 7:25 am

Resurrected Western Australian Nationals leader Brendon Grylls is standing firm. Deluded, but standing firm. He’s demanding that a future government…

Lord Zimmers and the High Tories*

25 October 2016 1:24 pm

‘Even if we allowed you to vote − which is never going to happen − you serfs  would only be…

How the left created Donald Trump

25 October 2016 7:18 am

Regardless of who wins the American presidential election, the most interesting and constructive question surrounding this grim circus can already…

Electoral fraud: why no action?

24 October 2016 4:57 pm

When Donald Trump says the election is rigged he is probably referring to two issues. The first is that the…

The two true deplorables

24 October 2016 1:08 pm

We live in an age where everyone is told: follow your dreams. Let your passion guide you. But, most of…

Is Islam compatible with Australian values?

24 October 2016 7:13 am

As regular as clockwork, a new week brings a new poll showing Australians are questioning whether Islam is compatible with liberal…

Want to be leader? Who cares?

23 October 2016 4:56 pm

On a fantastic episode of South Park Eric Cartman was kidnapped by a deranged serial killer, tied to a chair…

SJW Morrison just walks past the guys

23 October 2016 8:41 am

General Douglas MacArthur once opined “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” One general who has not heeded this…

Forget the fringe, it’s time for Disraeli down under

22 October 2016 5:02 pm

Politics as of late has created a phenomenon of extremism. In Australia, we’ve seen the rise of One Nation; America,…

Hanson, harangues and our sophisticated race debate

22 October 2016 12:11 pm

In 1996 when Pauline Hanson called for ATSIC to be abolished and all Australians to be treated equally, she was…

Sydney University’s female trouble

21 October 2016 6:08 pm

It’s perhaps the single greatest prank in the history of University of Sydney student politics. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:…

Climate change? The future lies in innovation, not the same-old, same-old

21 October 2016 5:45 pm

The industrial burning of fossil fuels has released CO2 that is purported to be responsible for .7 degrees of planetary…

The ACT votes for spin

21 October 2016 12:10 pm

Apparently, Canberrans have decisively voted for a light rail. At least this is how various commentators have interpreted last weekend’s ACT election result. But…

Reconciliation: let’s focus on the achievable referendum

21 October 2016 7:03 am

Readers of Flat White will have noted John Stone’s preview of a forum held at Parliament House on Wednesday. The purpose of the event was to…